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Films from 54 countries -- a record number of submissions -- will compete for this year's foreign language film Oscar, AMPAS president Frank Pierson said Monday. The submissions beat last year's record, which saw 51 countries competing. The countries that submitted films this year for the first time were Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Chad. The film selections were made by juries composed of filmmakers from each country. Beginning Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' foreign language film award committee, chaired by producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man), will screen all entries and then vote to nominate five films, which will be announced Feb. 11 with the Academy's other nominations.

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